It’s been a while since I last ate/wrote about Indian restaurants. I’ve been wanting to try this Indian Pakistan restaurant called Koh-E-Noor at Plaza Festival (formerly known as Pasar Festival). It’s been around for quite some time and I’d heard many rave reviews about it. Last weekend, I finally had the chance to dine there with some friends.
Located on the ground floor, next to Warung Tekko, the place is hard to miss. In the evening, the ambience looks very romantic with decorated light and dimmed lighting. There are several hookah/shisha instruments near the entrance counter. The interior is decorated with Indian ornaments and paintings. The overall atmosphere is warm and cozy.
The menu is quite extensive, but we decided to order just a few dishes to share. We started with Naan (Indian flatbread): cheese 24K and garlic 20K, chapati (unleavened flatbread) 11K and paratha tawa (North Indian flatbread) 22K. We also ordered mutton biryani (mutton cooked with basmati rice and spices) 80K, fish methi (fish curry with fenugreek leaves) 85K, dal makhani (Punjab’s lentil stew) 52K and paneer tikka (Indian fresh cheese grilled in a tandoor) 65K. For the drinks, we ordered lassi (Indian yogurt-based drink): salty 24K & mango 27K, chai 19K, masala tea 20K and mint tea 20K.
All of the dishes were delicious. I especially like the paneer with its firm texture and it was marinated nicely. The mutton biryani and fish was also good, and I can finish the naan with the dal. The service was quite fast and the price quite reasonable. By the time we finished our meal, I noticed that the restaurant was already full with Indian and Pakistani patrons. That’s a pretty strong indicator for Koh-E-Noor’s aunthenticity.
Plaza Festival – Ground Floor 03-04
Jl. Rasuna Said C-22
Ph. +62(21) 527 6531
Fx. +62(21) 527 6532
Opening Hours: 11AM – 11PM